Thursday, October 16, 2014


Hello everyone... I hope this week is going just like you want it to. 

It's been a good one for me, so far..

I am joining TEX with her GOOD FENCES today.

This is the side entrance to this beautiful little "spread" that's just down the road from us.

Was trying out my new little camera here and haven't learned
how to use it as yet...
waay too much light here.
these were taken right after i got the new camera...
i am doing MUCH better with it now.

I would dearly LOVE to know the story on this

no one that I know seems to know, either.
I was told it was land owned by a real estate agency
but no one seems to know the story of how it came to be

The grounds are just outstanding...

The ironwork is perfect...

If ever I find out THE story, you will be the first to know.

and speaking of TRAINS...


we've all had them, right??

Has THIS ever happened to you?
You make the same cake 10 times  to have for your family and they all turn out perfect...
OK...NEARLY perfect...
But, when you want to TAKE one somewhere...or you have LOTS of company coming...
that same cake just FALLS APART !
I was having 15 to 20 people coming for HOME FELLOWSHIP DINNER
and I wanted to make a really good dessert.
Other ladies were bringing desserts, too
When I took my cake out of the oven, first off...
* was a BUNDT cake so I let it cool and turned it over,
with the crumbled part on the bottom...
COVER IT UP with icing...right ?

I got it all frosted  and was about to carry it to the dining room
when all h*** broke loose and
it split right down the middle...

  HALF of the cake fell on the floor.
on the floor, folks..!!


 I was crying and pitching a HISSY FIT ....ready to DUMP the rest of the cake
when I thought...


(and besides, MR. SWEET was looking at me with his eyes rolled so far back in his head, I was afraid they would never be the same again...)

Yes, ma'am...
that HALF, broken down ole cake, looking so pitiful after half of it
broke off and fell down on it's knees in the middle of the kitchen floor....
with vanilla pudding poured over the pieces of "good" cake,
some toasted pecans and coconut sprinkled on top...
why, everyone LOVED it...
I was in TOTAL SHOCK....

I was so proud of how it turned out...
how it pulled it's self out of the gutter train wreck to become
a STAR at the dinner,
I make these a lot now and even when there's no wrecks in the kitchen. lol

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  1. That property and fence is beautiful BJ! Chuckling with you about kitchen... challenges:@)

  2. Love the fence,Bj and yes I'd like to hear the story behind it! When life hands you lemons, do you always see a 'blog post'? I find myself saying "don't forget the camera" I may need it for photo's for my blog. Sharing our lives can be fun and educational!
    Have a great day, my friend!

  3. Ha, I love how you made lemonade out of lemons BJ, or in this case trifle out of broken cake. Yes I've had a few train wrecks, haven't we all? Yours turned into something delicious!

  4. That's so cool. Doesn't it make you wonder what's inside of that fence? I wonder if there is a train collector there - with a complete railroad running through out his house. Too bad it is gated and you can't just knock on the door.

  5. Choo Choo Too looks like quite the estate . . .
    You are such fun . . . making something delicious out of your "train wreck!"

  6. Indeed that is an interesting name for the place. I am sure it will have a great story when you find out. Hard to believe anything you cooked fell apart. My mother used to say things that turned out bad tasted the best.

  7. Love that Choo-Choo place. It would be interesting to knowing the story behind it. Maybe the guy is a retired engineer? lol I hate when that happens with a dessert! Or a special dish you have made over and over and over and just when you want to show off yoru best the recipe FAILS! lol You did a good job with "fix-it". xo Diana

  8. nice save by you!

    LOVE the metalwork on the gates and fences! awesome find!

  9. I was just about to suggest a trifle and, tadah, you did it. A hissy fit is quite appropriate in those circumstances. I'm wondering about that "Choo chop" too. In fact, I've been Lubbock reminiscing this morning and trying to find photos of where we lived.


  10. The iron work and fence are quite something I would also like to read about the story behind the Choo Choo gate if you ever find out. You did a nice job of fixing the cake it looks delicious. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  11. I love the Choo Choo Too :) Great pictures, BJ! And that cake....YUM!! Love and hugs to you!

  12. I would love to hear about Choo Choo Too - I wonder if there if anything on the internet about it? You are very creative saving your half cake and putting it in a bowl - looks delicious.

  13. Adore choo choo gates and ironwork! You always find the coolest ironwork!

  14. You've got to knock in that door and find out about it! Tell them your blogging buddies are waiiting with bated breath. Seriously,I bet they'd be happy to tell you. Nobody gives their place a name like that unless they have a good story.

  15. Beautiful gate and fence. I wonder if the owner was a railwayman. Your Oops cake turned out to be a hit and it does look delicious.

  16. Oh, I love this post! The fence is really unique! And that trifle looks amazing!

    Blessings ,

  17. Hi there, would you please tell me the meaning of choo choo too?
    Things to do in San Francisco

  18. What a great idea…you are a clever gal!! Cool fences, too…you must find out the story to share it with us!

  19. What a fun name for a ranch. And what a great come back from your train wreck cake...a trifle...genius response!

  20. that sucks about the cake, that's why I always buy mine. Which kinda helps me, because I don't know how to bake a cake.

    and speaking of trains, reminds me of this joke.

    Two blondes were walking through the woods and they came to some tracks. The first blonde said: "These look like deer tracks." And the other one said: "No they look like moose tracks." They argued and argued for a while and they were still arguing when the train hit them.

  21. I like the name of the ranch, the owners must love trains.. Your cake dessert looks yummy..Wonderful fence shots. Have a great evening..

  22. Bj, Funny about your cake...but boy it looks so tasty. I love the train fence and addresses. xoxo,Susie

  23. Choo Choo Acres is just awesome! Love all that ironwork! And how great is the trifle after the cake explosion....that was the way the "cake crumbled." :-)

  24. I absolutely love the choo choo photos! And the cake story is the best. I had a friend that could fix a meal no matter how many people dropped by at the last minute....I bet you are like that too! Someone who can make more of less....and have it turn out even better! Hugs, Diane

  25. Interesting name. Would love to know the history. '-)
    You certainly solved the problem of a broken cake. Yum!

  26. choo choo too looks like a great place.

    Yay you saved the day. it looks wonderful.

  27. Lovely gate.
    By the way, is the FM on the gate an acronym for "Farm to Market"?
    Peace :)

  28. Glad you saved your cake and made something special with it. Looks delicious.
    The fence is very interesting and love how they put the address numbers on trains.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  29. Choo Choo Too Acres sounds quite interesting (I do hope you find out more about it) What a fun entrance.
    Way to make a "save" out of your cake train wreck. It sounds yummy.

  30. That is an amazing fence, and as you said, absolutely beautiful grounds. You are doing great with that new camera. I'll be looking forward to more info about Choo Choo Too when you have a chance to ask around. As for the story about your cake recover, I LOVED it! You really turned that situation around in the best way possible. Bravo to you!!

  31. Love the fence with the train motif on it

  32. I love the way you saved the day with that trifle!

  33. I'm drooling. And sadly, right now, all have is a lame cookie at my desk. And then, you show me your dessert. Shame on you. [kidding]

    Love the fence images...I too would like to know the history of the name.

  34. Makes me want to say Coo Coo ca choo with my mouth watering for some of your creative dessert.

  35. I haven't had supper yet, and that triffle looks very tempting.

    I love your coffee cup with LOL

    Have a great evening!

  36. Hi BJ,
    I am so sorry that we could not find a solution to the Linky Tools. I just love you and your blog and any time you want to link up just give me a note and I will sure link up for you. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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xo bj